day 3 – Summer Skin

I was supposed to guest speak at an event on Friday night. I was going to talk about transitioning your look from winter into spring and summer. Unfortunately the event was cancelled, but I’m still going to share my awesome tips and tricks with you. Because I love you.

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1. Treat Your Skin!

No matter what how much make up you use, great skin starts with great skin care. Evaluate the skin care you’ve been using.

  • Is my skin care appropriate for my age?
    Skin at 40 isn’t the same as skin at 20. The oil fighting/acne treating line you were using in your late teens doesn’t fight the signs of aging you may need now. As general guideline, by the early to mid-30s, women should start an age-fighting treatment. There is no need to wait until the signs of aging become noticeable to fight them. Nip it in the bud!
  • Is my skin care appropriate for my lifestyle?
    Skin care is like a budget – it doesn’t work unless you USE it. If you have a 7-step system but only give yourself 5 minutes to get ready in the morning, something has to give. Find a system that fits the way you live, not the way you wish you lived.

Maybe it’s time to try something new. Be sure to use skin care (or cosmetics) with an SPF, to protect your skin from the Sun’s damaging UV rays. Look for something oil-free to keep those pores clear and moisturizing to give you a healthy glow.

A word of caution: keep an eye out for potential allergic reactions. Remember that your skin may have a reaction to a new skin care system, but it might not be an allergy, just an adjustment. If symptoms don’t clear up in a couple weeks, discontinue use.

2. Lighten UP!

We all know that we should be wearing different foundation shades in summer and winter, as skin changes color throughout the year. Since foundation matching is such a pain, try a lighter weight CC or BB cream, or a tinted moisturizer instead of a heavy foundation. These products have less coverage, so they are great for those in-between shades, and they provide an extra layer of moisture (and usually SPF!). Apply with your fingers and blend in to clean, moisturized skin for a soft, natural look.

3. Play with color.

Summer is the time to try something new with your colors. No matter your age, job, or station in life, there is always a way to inject some color into your look. Not sure how? Here are some hints!

  • Bold lip

    Bold lip, natural eye. Perfect for beginners and pros alike!

    Choose One Area – Try a bold lip OR a flashy eye and keep the rest of your look fairly natural. By starting small, you don’t end up looking like Bozo the Clown. *shiver*

  • Add Shimmer, Not Sparkle – To avoid channeling your inner middle school girl, try adding a shimmery highlighter to cheekbones, temples, or brow bones. Avoid products with glitter in them.
  • Warm Up Your Cheeks – If you’ve been a traditionally dusty rose or pale pink blush user, opt for something with a little more warmth for summer. Try a coral or peach toned rouge or switch out your blush for a subtle bronzer.

Most of all, have fun!

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The 500 Hats…

I had a plan. It was a good one.

Really what happened was this.  Today is Sunday, and as such, I went to church.  Now, normally, church is at 10, but I also sing in the choir and sometimes volunteer in the nursery and occasionally plan retreats.  Every once in a while I also direct VBS, and maybe I help out with the spring musical and there was that one time with the youth group lock-in. Plus, now I’m planning a baby shower for the church secretary, who happens to be my sweet friend, Janelle.

No, not the girl from Teen Mom.

You might say I’m a little bit…involved.

All of this is fine, if a bit hectic, until something disastrous happens.  Like, say, waking up an hour and 10 minutes after you were supposed to and having exactly 23 minutes to shower, do hair and make up, put on clothes and get out of the house.

Then sometimes things fall apart.

I’m not saying this happened to me this morning, but I did spontaneously figure out exactly how little make up I could put on and still look presentable.  In case you’re curious, it’s 4 products.  F.O.U.R.  And here they are:

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl

This stuff will chase away those dark circle and make you look awake enough to fake it until you make it.  Just a teeny tiny drop is enough to go from under the eye to the cheekbones.  An amazing quick fix for mornings that don’t quite cut it.

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Pixi Glow Catching Shadows Crayon in Beaming Reflection

If you’ve never used (or had much luck with) crayons before, this is definitely the one that will change your mind.  The creamy crayon goes on super smooth but doesn’t wear off or crease during the day.  It also keeps eyeliner from smudging, so you stay mysterious, not horror-victim chic.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Noir

One, who doesn’t love Rimmel? Two, this really is an amazing eyeliner.  With it’s built-in sharpener (which I never use) and smudger (which I always use) it’s waterproof without the worry.  For those who don’t dig the black, the liner comes in 7 brilliant shades.  I’ve read some reviews that say that this stuff doesn’t stand up to a heavy workout, so keep that in mind. This isn’t your marathon makeup.  But if you want it to last to the end of the workday, this is your stuff.

Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara in Jet Black

I’ve been wearing Maybelline Great Lash Mascara since before I was allowed to wear makeup.  I would sneak it into my backpack along with my (no joke) blue eye shadow, put them on when I got to school, and the scrub off the offending cosmetics before my mom picked me up in the afternoon.  I’m a huge fan.  And this mascara isn’t better than that one, but it’s just as good, and it’s what I happen to have right now.  The point I want to make about mascara is that I wear it BLACK.  Not brown black, or deep chestnut or anything else that is ridiculous, but blackity black black black.  I do like the Ulta mascara, and it does make my lashes look a little longer, so that’s nice. Plus it has this cool hourglass-shaped brush that is supposed to make it go on better, or something.  I don’t know.

So there you have it.  In a pinch, these are my go-to.  When I’m not spazzing out in a hurry, I usually take time for additional steps like blush, lip color, and fully fastening my shoes. What are you gonna do?

Have a lovely week!

[Re]Working It…Day 76

My dearest Bleader,

Can you believe that this is the last first week of our summer series?  Personally, I am super excited to no longer have to do three hours of outfits, however, I’m very sad that dress up time is over. With that being said, I think August has great outfits in store for you. Simone and I worked very hard to give you 31 awesome outfits for this month.  So, without further ado, I give you — Round 1.

Before we begin, let me just say that three months of outfits has really tuckered us out.  There were moments during this photo shoot when I just wanted to sleep and Simone wouldn’t let me.  Some of the things that get said during a middle of the night fashion fest are fairly priceless.  My favorite: “I sighed and then I thought, ‘Man, that sigh sounded super forlorn.'”

Outfit 1: If you haven’t figured out already, I LOVE yellow!  This outfit is super comfortable and easy and can be taken from brunch to barbecue, with little to no work.  I dressed up this outfit with Princess Kate earrings (let’s be real, you know exactly what I mean) and nude flip-flops.  Nude heels would work well also, to take this outfit to a fancier affair.

Outfit 2: As previously discussed, my favorite piece this month is my maxi dress from Wal-mart.  This season, maxi skirts have made an appearance.  I’m not sure how I feel about them, but what better way to test the waters than to pair a maxi dress with a tee?  Shopping or travel, this dress is roomy and comfortable.

Outfit 3:  This is simple and accessible.  Casual Friday appropriate, this slides right into dinner with friends. Make sure that when you pair multiple neutrals, make sure you include a splash or two of color, to take your outfit from drab to fab!

(Note* Simone thinks “drab to fab” is ridiculous and made me change “pop of color” to “splash of color” because she hates the word “pop”.  She’s kind of a diva, but what are you going to do?)

Outfit 4:  This is a great outfit using our flowy white dress, and layering the turquoise tee over it. Super comfortable, super cute, super perfect for church, work, or brunch (Change shoes when appropriate, of course.) I chose to add a yellow necklace to this outfit, because ya know, turquoise and yellow, MY FAVORITE!

Outfit 5: Honestly, there isn’t much to say about this outfit.  It basic and simple and the necklace makes it seem polished.  Moccasins are a comfy alternative to sandals. So there you go.

Outfit 6: You know those days when you really don’t want to get dressed?  This is that outfit.  It’s so easy it’s criminal.  Wear it anywhere and wait for, “You always look so cute!!!”

Outfit 7: I am very proud of this outfit (!).  This is true testament that black and brown can be worn together.  The black in the upper portion of the outfit connects it to the pants and pulls it together.  This is a great outfit to wear to work, or even to Church.

Outfit 8: Something, something, something…Rosie the Riveter.  I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of this outfit, but it’s cute.  This is actually a dress with a tee on top of it, something we did a lot this summer.

Outfit 9: This is another outfit built on the strong foundation of neutrals, with accessories to spice it up.  Silver chains and a yellow necklace add layers of texture to what could easily become something horribly boring.

Outfit 10: I heart these shorts.  They are a nice change of pace from the run-of-the-mill solid short.  They can be challenging to style.  However, it’s always easier to style an outfit with a second set of eyes giving their opinion (thanks, Simone!). Layering color on color keeps this from looking accidental and the belt acts as a grounding piece.

So this is the beginning of the end.

Sad but exciting, my fashion fast is nearly over.  Can you say woo to the hoo? Yeah.

17 days.  What out stores, I’m getting ready for you. You are on alert.

Until next week!

[Re]Working It…Day 70

 

So I feel like I need to start by explaining myself. Last night was my father’s birthday. Sixty-one. SIXTY-ONE. After 61 years, you have to get creative with the things that he would like to do and receive for his birthday. Cue: Tequila Grill, a super yummy Mexican Restaurant right down the street from us. Simone and I have frequented a few times. Their fajitas are to DIE for. Mmmmm…tasty! Anywho…this is what he wanted so this is what we did. Three orders of fajitas (there were three of us, not all mine…), one sombrero and 8 singing waiters, and a Feliz Cumpleanos, Papa!

I know you think this has nothing to do with you, but this was, in fact an ALL EVENING affair. In our family we go big or go home…but our home is kind of big, so really there’s no option in the matter. SO. Long story short, I’m behind, I’m sorry, I’m going to try harder next week.

Now, onto the real stuff.

For the month of August, the last **tear**real month of summer (or summer break at least), I opted for a lot of “boring” pieces that you could really see at any time of year. For instance, black trouser pants, these are cotton, from Old Navy and can be worn year round and are virtually flattering on everyone. I also opted for a pair of skinny jeans, I know we have our boot cut jeans that we use in our Essential Outfit. However, I feel like most of us have more than just boot cut in our closet so I wanted to incorporate them. Additionally, I added two t-shirts that can take you clear into fall and if styled appropriately even winter and a polo that is great for work or play.

The other five pieces are more seasonal, a white, gauzy dress, something you  won’t really see after September, a denim dress, depending on the temperature this could potentially wear into October. As well as a Maxi dress, print shorts and a print blouse. Special focus on the maxi dress. This is my favorite thing right now. The maxi dress is so comfortable. I love this one because it was a Wal-Mart find. (I KNOW, I was surprised too!) You can wear a dress like this anywhere and feel free and cool and stylish.

And those are out thirty one pieces. Without a doubt this was our easiest month to date. Despite what pictures showed you last week, I think it was because we are finally getting the hang of this! Who would have guessed?! Tune in next week for round one of the outfits!

 

[Re]Working It…The Untold Story

Hey kids, Simone here!

Okay, so there are 5 Wednesdays in August, and instead of trying to mess with the system we’ve established, Emily and I decided to give you and unfettered look into the making of the [Re]Working It column.  Now the outfits you see are the result of careful and extreme planning, and quite a bit of work, and they all happen at the same time.  Emily and I get together and discuss, style, and photograph the whole month in one afternoon (or in August’s case, the middle of the night).  So we thought we would give you an inside look.  Hope you enjoy!

We always start out really excited!!!!!!

but it doesn’t always last….

First we gather the clothes…

Then I make a fancy schmancy spread sheet!

Then we start photographing the outfits.  Sometimes, Emily tries to fly away….

Other times, she loses her cool…

And other times, she gets stuck…

Sometimes I get bored waiting for her to change, and I start taking random photos….

My foot! Plus a totally awesome pillow I made for her….

So pretty!

So that’s a peek inside the illustrious (and often chaotic) world of [Re]Working It!

BTW – We have a crafting day planned this weekend, so hopefully I’ll have some all new projects to show you next week!

Have a lovely weekend!

[Re]Working It…Day 55

This is the last Wednesday of the month. Wait. Huh?

One more month until I’m back in the glorious state of Pennsylvania! Whats better? I will soon be placed in front of 20+ 10-11 year olds. How crazy is that?! EEEP! I’m excited!

I’m also excited for the last installment of this month’s Re-Work. We had an extra challenge of coming up with ELEVEN outfits instead of ten. Yes, yes, that’s only one outfit more. Ya know what? That extra outfit makes a big difference when you’ve already changed thirty times already! Holy Cow! But, all well worth it of course!

A word of warning: I apologize for some of my poses and facial expressions. However, I do hope that they bring as much of a smile to your face as they have to mine.

Outfit #1: A great option for a more dressy occasion, without looking too done up! It will also keep you cooler as everything is a nice lightweight cotton. Success! As it is supposed to be 99 degrees here Thursday. Boo, whore.

Outfit #2: I’m sure you can tell, this is simply a wrap dress with our black top over it, making it an adorable skirt choice! Throw on nude heels a long layered necklace and be ready for a day at work, this outfit takes about seven minutes—worst-case scenario. Which is great for non-morning person people, like myself.

Outfit #3: This is a great outfit for a weekend of sightseeing. You will be able to work on your tan, while checking out some of the sights wherever you are. Don’t forget your SPF!

Outfit #4: Pardon my curtsy, its really not good to stretch fabrics like that! I do love this super comfortable dress. It doesn’t get any better than this. Super soft, super comfortable, super versatile. My favorite part? Yep! You guessed it! The camel colored belt that is placed at my natural waist (or yours) to make me look my leanest!

Outfit #5: God love the printed dress, throw on our essential yellow sweater and add a black belt and wedges for an extremely polished and put together outfit. The colors are great together. Its not necessary to “match” your outfit just needs to look put together, and “flow”.

Outfit #6: I love this shirt, as you know. Paired with a pair of jeans and peep toed flats I think this is a great outfit for a barbecue or a weekend in the mountains. Something comfortable and casual.

Outfit #7: And as if outfit #6 wasn’t good enough! Add a black tee over the red blouse and add a little pizzazz to the outfit! This does make the outfit seem a bit more formal because the red acts as a collar, making the outfit casual Friday at work appropriate!

Outfit #8: This was one of the “please forgive the pose” pictures. It’s probably self explanatory that this is our polo dress with the white tee-shirt over it. This adds dimension to the outfit. Making it perfect for practically anything!

Outfit #9: Simple, but classic. This black tee with taupe pants and leopard shoes is so comfortable yet so Jackie-O! Perfect for work, church, or weekend wear! Here’s a hint: if you’re nervous about mixing brown and black at the same time pair the two with leopard. Both hues pull from leopard which means you are of course “matching” both colors to something and you will feel more put together. It’s a great way to branch in to combining neutrals.

Outfit #10: Even though I don’t look excited about this outfit, I am. Promise! This is a great outfit for a cookout, beach bonfire, running errands. Anything casual! This shirt could be worn in or out of the shorts. Shoes and accessories are what will make this outfit. I have on nude flip-flops and statement earrings to create the message, that although my outfit is simple I still put thought into it!

Outfit #11: Again, super classic! It can look boring, Simone and I decided I could look like a librarian in this outfit. But what librarian wears super cute wedges and silver hoops. The key is to accessorize this outfit and because its such a classic outfit you can go with metal, color, anything really. Use your imagination! Make it yours!

Wow. 31 outfits, we did it, didn’t we? That’s an AWESOME feeling. One more month…that’s a little saddening. Hmph. Well we have five more weeks before we have to dwell on that! (That’s right five, August is quite the rebel with an extra week!)

Until next Wednesday!

[Re]Working It…Day 48

So, I have a confession to make. Promise you won’t judge me, k?

As you know I can’t buy any clothing for the summer. (Although, I am over half way through SAY WHAAA–WOOO HOO!) To cope with this I have started going shopping, with friends, without a wallet (let’s be clear, I’m NOT stealing). I am now the style guru, giving fashion advice and encouraging my friends to buy new dresses, skirts and adorable tops during this super-hot, but ever inspiring realm of summer fashions. AKA Living vicariously through everyone else’s closet!

One friend in particular, my dear friend Heather and I, work together. Our office building is a sky rise built over a Target. Can we talk about how dangerous this is?! So this is my apology and thank you to Heather, and all my other friends. Thank you for helping me cope, and aiding in breaking the cycle of a chronic shopaholic. And in turn, I apologize for encouraging your spending habits (although you look ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE). Also, apologize to Tom (everyone Tom is Heather’s goofball of a husband) for me, and thank him for not banning you from seeing me, as he knows the trouble we get in to between Target and that ever shiny, faded black strip Target RedCard. Love you!

So, continuing on…We are officially halfway through this challenge. Downward slope WOOHOO! I have to be honest, I love my hair in these pictures, I was very fortunate we caught it on such a good day! I ❤ good hair days!

Outfit 1–I love this outfit for shopping, lunch, work, BBQ, you name it I feel like it can work! This is simply a white shirt, denim skirt and black peep toed wedges. You could choose to tuck this shirt in; I chose to keep it out for a more casual look! I added a gold pendant necklace to focus the eye. This outfit took about five minutes. SCORE!

Outfit 2–The more I see this top, the more I love it! This is a great work outfit, the taupe pants paired with a playful top such as this provides a great balance to this structured bottoms. As I look at this outfit I think I would really like to try this blouse tucked in. No need to add a necklace here! As there is plenty going on with the ruffles, I added tear drop earrings and called it a day!

Outfit 3–This outfit is quite the illusion if you ask me! I simply paired the blue print dress with a black, puffed sleeve blouse, so it makes it look like a tulip skirt. I’ll take it! Paired with black flats and a long silver link necklace, this look is perfect for brunch or work or even Sunday church.

Outfit 4–This is probably one of my favorites, because of my love for the teal and camel combo! This is a very relaxed outfit, great for entertaining friends on a casual night or even a date night. The beauty of the belt is that it draws the eye to the narrowest part of you! Remember, if you’re not sure where to find that, grab a mirror and start belting out “I’m a Little Teapot”!

Outfit 5–Probably my favorite outfit for this go-round! And you can’t even see why! Darn It! This is simply a black tee and wine colored shorts with a pair of black peep toed flats. I love this outfit because its simple and yet adorable but also because there is a polka dotted belt that you can’t see, but I know is there. This shirt is actually tucked in and for the first time in a LONG time, I’ve been able to wear it this way. Making me look super slender, fooled ya, didn’t I? 😉

Outfit 6–Nothing too out of the ordinary here, simply a wrap dress and nude heels. An outfit that takes under thirty seconds but will impress for days!

Outfit 7–This outfit is also really simple, taking mere moments to coordinate, but can be instantly office appropriate with the right shoe. I chose wedges to go along with the summer vibe however you could play this with heels or even boots in the WINTER time.

Outfit 8–Whether you’re running errands or going to a cookout or bonfire this outfit will keep you comfy and cool while still looking adorable! I added nude flip flops so I didn’t take away from the pretty flowers on the top! You could add a different colored tank under the outfit if you wanted to spice it up some!

Outfit 9–I can’t think of anywhere you wouldn’t want to wear this outfit! It is absolutely perfect for every activity. Its comfy, cute, roomy and can we sophisticated enough to wear to work, however I don’t suggest flip flops if you’re going to wear it there! Big key here, you need to have color somewhere! I chose the sweater, because I feel like everyone has cotton slacks and a white shirt. Make sure to jazz it up somewhere!

Outfit 10–I know, I know, there’s a lot of pinkish, purple-ish, merriment going on here. So we broke it up with navy (a neutral–LOVE neutrals) and I have to say this looks pretty darn cute!!! Of course, nude footwear is key here, no more color necessary!

So that’s it for this week. I really am starting to love the looks more and more as they go on. I’ll be honest though, and again, no judging. I’m already excited for fall and planning out my September 1st. I see dresses and tights in my Autumn Future. This is me, PUMPED!

Until next week!

Weekend Warriors…Birchbox

I have the death.  Seriously, I think this is the end for me….

Ugh.

In addition to whatever is ailing me, tonight is also the last night of VBS and I have two huge projects that have to go out the door today.

Stress?  Nah…

Anyway, in honor of my crazy busy life, I want to introduce you to an amazing…thing, this week’s Weekend Warrior: Birchbox (www.birchbox.com).  Before I go on, I should say that this is a non-sponsored post, and I’m not being paid to talk about this company. Good?  Good.  Anyway, Birchbox is a kind of product matchmaker.  Once you get a subscription to Birchbox, for $10 per month, they send you a box of generously sized samples of upscale lifestyle and beauty products.  Use them for yourself, give them to friends, the choice is yours.  If you like what you get, you can buy full size versions of these products from the Birchbox site.

But that’s not even the best part.  Seriously.

Hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered to your door for $10/month.

Take some time to look around the site, and you’ll notice that the greatest resource is information.  Each product has a full ingredient list, plus tips on how to use it, and pairings with other products.  They also have a YouTube channel with tons of video tutorials on everything from smoky eyes to curling your hair with a flat-iron.

And for my male readers, Birchbox has a section for you too, stocked will all kinds of grooming, shaving, and lifestyle products.  They even have an entire section for Masters of the Grill.  So there you go.

You can also give a subscription as a gift.  Sweet!

The only catch is that Birchbox is invitation only (like Pinterest), but there is no way to get an invitation early, you just have to wait your turn (not like Pinterest).  From the time I signed up to the time I got my invite was about 2 or 3 weeks, so be patient.  Also, once you get your invite, you have 72 hours to respond before they move on to the next person in line. So be patient….and then GO!

Special thanks to Emily, for turning me on to this service (even though she waited too long and lost her chance!)

Have a Lovely Weekend!

[Re]Working It…Day 41

Happy Wednesday!

We are now on the downward slope of the work week (thank Heavens!) As I was saying last week, I am in love with this month’s pieces and the outfits that were born from them!

Outfit 1: I love this outfit, it reminds me of something in a Ralph Lauren catalog (Classic, right?!) I decided to tuck in the shirt because of the button embellishments on the front of the denim skirt. Flip flops make this outfit great for a backyard barbecue; you could totally add nude heels instead for a perfect casual Friday outfit!

Outfit 2: Everyone, calm down! I know you’re thinking stripes and spots, heavens no! But really, how cute is this! The belt helps the eye focus on the waist, embracing (or for our more slender girls, creating) an hour-glass figure.

Outfit 3: I love the color combo in this outfit. It seems a little far-fetched but I think its super vibrant. You can see there is a white shirt under the sweater. However, this outfit does not require it; I just needed to make sure the girls weren’t playing peek-a-boo.

Outfit 4: This outfit is very direct, the blue printed dress with an adorable black and white necklace. I love dresses like this because the tie waist allows you to place the waist where you’re narrowest part lies. This is a great outfit for weekend wear or work wear. Who doesn’t love multifunction?!

Outfit 5: This is a great work outfit, and super comfortable too. We took the black t-shirt and layered it over the ruffled blouse paired with taupe pants and it is super classic! This picture shows black heels however, leopard print flats would also be adorable–great for our walking commuters.

Outfit 6: It doesn’t get any easier than that! Black tee and jeans is great for errands, a Saturday night get together with friends or chilling at home. I paired this outfit with my Coach shoes because of how comfortable they are!

Outfit 7: As you can clearly see this month, ruffles were my fave. 🙂 The ruffles add a little something extra, bringing the view to your chest and away from any less-than-flattering parts.

Outfit 8: This outfit incorporates our jean skirt and our blue tank top. To ensure that there was not too much blue in the outfit, we broke it up with a soft pink tank underneath to add some color. We chose flip flops but you could also decide on wedges instead, depending on the event that you will be sporting this to!

Outfit 9: This was probably our farthest fetch outfit but how cute did it turn out, right?! This belt again, allows the wearer to embrace their narrowest part. the ruffles also end at the perfect place to add to the focal point. Nude heels were my shoe of choice, not to overload the outfit on color.

Outfit 10: This outfit layers the black tee over the green polo dress. creating a super cute skirt outfit! I added wedges, this is a great brunch outfit or even casual Friday.

We just finished the first week of month two. Wowzers!

As always send us pictures of what you think/create!

Happy Almost-End-of-the-Week!

[Re]Working It…Day 35

Happy [belated] Independence Day, Bleaders!

I hope you were able to stay somewhat cool throughout the holiday!

Can you believe we are on month TWO of the challenge?! *Gasp* I have ten new pieces for 31 new outfits, and I love this month even more than last month, if that is even possible! This month I opted for things to keep us cool, dresses, skirts and shorts. I dedicate this inspiration to the horrendous heat wave that we are experiencing currently. Dear Lord, whenever you are ready to send this heat on its way, feel free…

So before I break a sweat just sitting here typing, (Don’t laugh…it’s possible. It is THAT hot.) here are my ten pieces for the month:

Let’s talk about staples:

Yes, I love these colored shorts because they are super fun and yet still saturated enough that they can be paired with LOTS of different things.   But they are hardly “staples” – things that make a wardrobe.  This month I’ve included tons of staples, though.  If you don’t own a denim skirt, taupe pants, or a wrap dress, get them!  These pieces go from work to casual in 60 seconds or less.

Once you have staples, you can add in fun or trendy pieces.  Polo dresses are my fave right now. I think they are adorable belted but are also great by themselves. I love the color of the blue and black dress; it is super flowy and cool, and this dress allows you to find your own natural waist with the free tie/belt. Find your narrowest part and cinch, baby cinch!  Rounding out the month are the ruffle top (dramatic, yet light and comfortable), a floral tank top (simple is key!), a black tee (puffed sleeves!), and a summer sweater (with adorable ruffle trim).

So there are our ten! I look forward to showing you all that I have done with these pieces and [hopefully] inspiring you to try them from pieces in your own closet!

Happy Styling!